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Oklahoma City University President Named Honorary Kiowa Member

Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry was inducted as an honorary member of the Kiowa Tribe at the OCU Native American Society Powwow.
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Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry was inducted as an honorary member of the Kiowa Tribe at the OCU Native American Society Powwow on April 2.

Kiowa Elder Bud Sahmaunt, former athletic director for Oklahoma City University, and Trustee David Wilson, conference superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, helped induct Henry.

“I am deeply honored to be named an honorary Kiowa,” Henry said, “and to be recommended by Kiowa and OCU legend Dr. Bud Sahmaunt makes the honor even more special.”

During the ceremony, Henry read Kiowa poet N. Scott Momaday’s prayer from “In the Bear’s House.” 

“We can all learn from the altruism of our great Indian nations, especially those in Oklahoma. As our greatest historian Dr. Angie Debo noted, the tribes have a ‘genius for collective effort.’”

Momaday previously wrote a poem honoring Henry titled “To a Man Among Us,” which Sahmaunt read at the ceremony.

The powwow, which helps signal the start of national powwow season, is an annual event that celebrates OCU’s commitment to Oklahoma’s American Indians.